Mortal Kombat 2: A New Character Sets Up a Scorpion & Sub-Zero Team-Up Mortal Kombat 2: A New Character Sets Up a Scorpion & Sub-Zero Team-Up
Mortal Kombat 2’s Quan Chi Means The Sequel Can Retcon Scorpion’s Family Tragedy
With Quan Chi confirmed to make his live-action movie debut in Mortal Kombat 2, audiences might get a chance to see one of the series’ best team-ups.
Despite the poor handling of Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion and Sub-Zero reveals, Mortal Kombat 2 has the potential to rectify the 2021 movie’s mistakes with the addition of one important character. Although Mortal Kombat wasn’t a massive critical or commercial success, it did well enough to justify a sequel, and with new Mortal Kombat 2 set photos, it looks like the filmmakers are going to handle certain characters’ backstories better this time around. This is great news given Mortal Kombat‘s rich lore, and it means the upcoming Mortal Kombat 2 has the potential to expand on it even more.
How Scorpion & Sub-Zero Can Team Up In Mortal Kombat 2
Perhaps the most shocking reveal regarding Bi-Han/Sub-Zero killing Scorpion’s family and clan is that it was actually Quan Chi posing as the cryomancer. If Mortal Kombat 2 does that, Cole could uncover the truth and use that knowledge to help Scorpion see the truth. They can get through to Noob Saibot, thus breaking him free from his blind rage, and the three of them can defeat Quan Chi. Cole, Scorpion, and Noob Saibot teaming up would make the most sense, and it would be a clever way for Mortal Kombat 2 to retcon the previous movie’s mistakes.
New Characters Arrive in ‘Mortal Kombat 2’
Before filming wrapped on the sequel, producer Todd Garner had spent weeks teasing the arrival of various new characters. Joining Urban’s Johnny Cage on the immortal stage of Mortal Kombat include the likes of Shao Khan (Martyn Ford) and Princess Kitana (Adeline Rudolph). A key feature of the Mortal Kombat universe is the concept of resurrection, and it is one that will be revisited with the arrival of the undead Noob Saibot and, to everyone’s delight, the necromancer, Quan Chi (Damon Herriman). Mortal Kombat 2 will also feature other newcomers, including Tati Gabrielle as Jade, Desmond Chiam as King Jerrod, and Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel. In the midst of this raft of new additions which point – hopefully to a more immersive storyline – the sequel will see cast members reprising their roles from the original including Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion among others.
Mortal Kombat 2 Gets Major Update From Kung Lao Actor
That’s a wrap on Mortal Kombat 2.
Recently, Mortal Kombat 2 had resumed filming after it was shut down in 2023 due to the film industry strikes. On Sunday, Kung Lao actor Max Huang announced with a post on Instagram that principal photography has officially been wrapped on the project. The actor also included a slew of behind-the-scenes images with several co-stars at the sequel’s wrap party. While a release date has yet to be announced, Mortal Kombat 2 completing its filming should come as fantastic news for the fans who’ve been patiently waiting since 2021 to see what happens next.
Several of the talents involved with the film responded to the post. Lewis Tan, who plays original character Cole Young, wrote in a comment, “The great KL,” referring to Huang’s character. Desmond Chiam, who plays King Jerrod in the sequel, also wrote, “So glad we finally met mate!” Commenting on the cast members standing together, Jax actor Mehcad Brooks also wrote, “Gods and Goddesses.” Meanwhile, Queen Sindel actor Ana Thu Nguyen simply wrote, “MK FAM.”
Other Behind-the-Scenes Images Have Teased Mortal Kombat 2 Characters
This announcement was preceded by producer Todd Garner sharing several images from the set to tease various characters. This includes a pair of photos highlighting the arrival of Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2, where he’ll be played by The Boys star Karl Urban. One photo showcased Johnny Cage’s belt buckle, while another highlighted the famed fighter’s initials on his jacket. Garner had several other vague posts, but one image actually revealed a close-up shot of Tati Gabrielle playing the role of Jade, though it didn’t reveal any part of her costume.
Simon McQuoid, who helmed the 2021 movie, returned to direct Mortal Kombat 2. The sequel came with a change in writers, as Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater penned the script. Other cast members who will star in the movie include Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Joe Taslim (Bi-Han), Hiroyuki Sanada (Scorpion), Adeline Rudolph (Kitana), Martyn Ford (Shao Khan), and Damon Herriman (Quan Chi).
Released during the pandemic era simultaneously on streaming and in theaters, Mortal Kombat 2 earned $84 milllion at the box office. It was seen as a much bigger success with its streaming debut on Max (then HBO Max), as it was later named as the most-watched movie premiere ever on the streaming service. The sequel may be more likely to be given an exclusive debut in theaters, but no release date has yet been set.
The Mortal Kombat movie is streaming on Max.
Source: Max Huang on Instagram